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Morgan returns as Gloucester change seven for the trip to Tigers

Ben Morgan will make his first appearance since mid February as Gloucester make seven changes for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Leicester Tigers.

The England international number eight last featured in the 28-6 victory over Harlequins at Kingsholm but returns to take his place in the Gloucester back row as the Cherry and Whites travel to Welford Road.

Other changes see Paul Doran-Jones start at tight head prop, Mariano Galarza come in to partner Tom Savage in the second row and Gareth Evans make his first start of the season on the blindside flank.

In the backs, there is a new look centre pairing in Mark Atkinson and Henry Trinder while Rob Cook takes over from David Halaifonua on the right wing.

The first meeting between the two sides this season went to the wire, prop Logovi'i Mulipola crossing for a last-ditch try to secure an 18-19 win for the Tigers at a sold-out Kingsholm.

So, Gloucester head to Welford Road looking to turn the tables on the redoubtable Tigers with Head Coach Laurie Fisher insisting that self-belief remains high despite a recent run of poor results.

"We’re disappointed with the results over the last few weeks, disappointed with some aspects of our game but encouraged by other aspects.

"But the important starting point for us is that we go there believing we can win. You have to meet their physicality, match the set-piece quality that they have and the extra quality out wide they’ve developed this year. There are plenty of challenges for us.

"But there’s plenty of belief in the squad. We hurt ourselves with errors last week, certainly in the last two weeks we’ve been in a position to go on and win the game midway through the second half. But through discipline or errors, we haven’t been able to close things out.

"We don’t need to panic or force things. We need to trust ourselves and turn up with the right attitude which I guarantee we will, with the right plan which I’m sure we’ve got and give a really good account of ourselves."

Gloucester Rugby:

15. Tom Marshall; 14. Rob Cook, 13. Henry Trinder, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Steve McColl; 10. James Hook, 9. Greig Laidlaw (capt); 1. Paddy McAllister, 2. Darren Dawidiuk, 3. Paul Doran-Jones; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Mariano Galarza; 6. Gareth Evans, 7. Matt Kvesic, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements:

16. Luke Cole, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. John Afoa, 19. Elliott Stooke, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Callum Braley, 22. Ollie Thorley, 23. Jacob Rowan
 

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